If we all had our way, we'd be sitting around the garden in a breezy summer dress, sharing drinks and good conversation. Luckily for Kate Middleton, that is often her actual job so we get plenty of fashion inspiration once summer hits. 

The Duchess of Cambridge's most recent public engagement delivered on that front. Stepping out with her husband Prince William, Kate looked radiant and summery in her white dress while announcing £1.8million in grants from their Royal Foundation to support key workers and others affected by the pandemic. 

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Meeting with two emergency responders and two mental health counsellors at Sandringham this week, the couple announced the grants and thanked frontline workers for their Trojan work. 

"Over recent months we have all been in awe of the incredible work that frontline staff and emergency responders have been doing in response to COVID-19, but we know that for many of them, their families, and for thousands of others across the UK, the pandemic will have a lasting impact on their mental health", Kate said. 

William added: "It's great to hear how The Royal Foundation is supporting you and many others to build resilience and give you the networks you need through its COVID-19 Response Fund, which will help ten leading charities continue their crucial work."

Kate is known for sending messages through her clothes, and her choice for this outing may have been a coded one. 

Making the most of the good weather, the Duchess chose a crisp white shirt dress featuring an unusual shorter length, full skirt and high, crisp collar. The short elbow-length sleeves and front pleats made it the perfect choice for the warm day, while the attached waist tie cinched in Kate's waist to create a striking silhouette. 

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Even more eye-catching, though, was the print: a delicate embroidered polka dot pattern in navy blue and aqua, which brought to mind the colours of the NHS. 

The couple's Royal Foundation is working with the NHS to assist frontline workers, so Kate could have been showing her support in her typical way. 

Kate paired her dress with her old reliable espadrilles: the Carina style by Castaner in warm beige, with a delicate leather ankle tie. They're a firm favourite of the Duchess's, and cost €105. 

She accessorised the dress with stunning but understated jewellery, including the the Stéphanie cuff by Sézane. The striking bracelet features intricate gold-plated filigree studded with natural stones.

In Kate's bangle, the stones were white howlite, which paired beautifully with the gold metal. The cuff costs $105, roughly €90.